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Friday, 25 July 2014

Deep Breath Cinema Release

BBC Worldwide have announced (officially) today that the Series 8 opener, Deep Breath, will receive a global cinema screening:
This year’s screenings follow the success of the global cinema release of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor which was screened in over 1500 cinemas around the world, allowing fans to come together to watch the show like never before. 
Doctor Who makes a spectacular return to the big screen in the feature-length premiere episode of Series 8; Deep Breath. Directed by acclaimed Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang - Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) – in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London. 
Steven Moffat comments, "Last November the Doctor didn't just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too. And like the show-off he is, he can't resist another go - one taste of the silver screen is never enough. On August 23rd the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware - Capaldi is coming to get you!" 
Doctor Who: Deep Breath will be screened in participating cinemas around the world from 23 August, 2014. More information will be released by BBC Worldwide and participating cinema chains over the coming weeks. For all of the latest information please visit doctorwho.tv/watch/cinema. For information on all Doctor Who events and products visit doctorwho.tv and sign up for the newsletter

They also have noted that not all participating cinemas will be showing on release day (23 August) and some cinemas in USA will have encore screenings on the 25th.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Boxset Confirmed

Doctor Who Magazine have confirmed there will be a limited edition 50th Anniversary DVD/Blu-Ray boxset released in September.

There will only be 6000 Blu-rays units and 4000 DVDs units available and features the "Of the Doctor" set of episodes, as well as the much awaited An Adventure in Space and Time and The Fiveish Doctors Reboot on Blu-ray. More bonus material is also added. Here's a full list of what it contains:


  • The Name of the Doctor
  • The Night of the Doctor
  • The Day of the Doctor
  • The Time of the Doctor
  • An Adventure in Space & Time
  • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
  • Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide
  • The Science of Doctor Who
  • Doctor Who Proms 2013
  • The Last Day
  • The Day of the Doctor Readthrough
  • The Day of the Doctor Cinema Intros
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes action
  • BBC America Documentary: Tales from the Tardis
  • BBC America Documentary: Farewell to Matt Smith
The boxset is due for release September 8th.

Update: Preorders are live. DVD costs £28.99, while Blu-ray costs £31.99.

SFX #251 Doctor Who Covers

The latest edition of SFX magazine came out today, featuring interviews and comments from the cast and executive producer Steven Moffat, including an episode-by-episode guide to the new series. It features 5 special covers.


 Dave Bradley, Editor-In-Chief, commented:
We’re thrilled to have this first cover with Peter Capaldi - and bonus covers with all his gang! Doctor Who remains a favourite with all our readers. A month ahead of the show's return to our screens, this is a great chance to chat with the head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat about what's in store for the new Doctor.
 Source.

Doctor Who Titan Comics Launch Trailer

Monday, 21 July 2014

BBC & BBC Worldwide Release Annual Review 2013-2014

The BBC and their commercial subsidiary BBC Worldwide have released their annual report for the previous year and, as usual, Doctor Who has featured prominently in it, alongside Sherlock and Top Gear, featuring a terrific quote at the end. Here are the highlights from both reviews.

Starting off with BBC Worldwide's financial results, these give us a glimpse into how much money is involved, including how much is going back to fund programmes like Doctor Who.
  • Headline profit up 0.7% to £157.4m, and up 11.6% at constant currency
  • Headline profit margin up from 14.0% to 15.1%
  • Returns to the BBC up 11.4% to £173.8m, equivalent to 10.1% of BBC Television’s content funding in the year
  • Investment in content up 13.7% to £200.6m, including a 19.5% increase in BBC commissions to £88.9m
  • Returns to the independent production sector up 28.1% to £116.4m
Both Reviews features the following Doctor Who mentions:
  • Peter Capaldi in attendance at BBC Worldwide Showcase event
  • Peter Capaldi's announcement was "a major international story" with 542,000 tweets that night
  • The 50th Anniversary special was featured multiple times in the reports including:
    • 12.8m viewers in the UK, becoming the most watched drama.
    • 3.2m additional iPlayer requests, "breaking all records"
    • Simulcast in 98 countries in 15 languages
    • 649,138 tickets in 1,500 cinemas across the world (in 23 countries) - in 3D 
      • 95,000 in 131 cinemas in Australia
    • Guinness World Record for largest ever simultaneous transmission of a TV drama
    • Sold more DVD copies than any previous Doctor Who release
    • BBC America received almost 4.5m viewers
    • Activity on Tumblr beat out the Super Bowl and MTV VMAs.
    • Theatre released delivered equivalent of $4.8m at the box office, coming in second on the night
    • Reached 1.7m viewers in Australia (at around 5am!)
  • Doctor Who has a "major success" in sales (behind Sherlock, which sold to 224 territories)
  • 24,000 fans attended official 50th Anniversary Convention
  • Supplying UKTV with Doctor Who programming
  • The Recently recovered missing Doctor Who episodes, The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World topped iTunes TV charts in October
  • Download-To-Own sales had "strongest performance yet"
  • BBC America's airing of Time of the Doctor was its first ever showing to receive more than 3m viewers
  • Doctor Who DVD sales in Australia increased 59.6%
  • Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular toured three cities in Australia
  • Four Doctor Who pop-up shops launched, with one online store
  • "Particular Acclaim for the Doctor Who Prom" for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Also of note is how BBC Worldwide are deciding to end the global BBC iPlayer trial next year, along with plans to integrate BBC Store in the UK with iPlayer.

And finally, the BBC Worldwide quote you've all been waiting for:
"A significant amount of work was undertaken to prepare for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode screening in November, which was simulcast in 98 countries. Ensuring that content is protected at all stages of its lifecycle is key to the success of our business and to maintaining our reputation as a trusted organisation with high standards of care. "

BEST........QUOTE......EVER.........

Titan Comics Companions To Cross Over To Doctor Who Legacy


Titan Comics and Tiny Rebel Games have joined forces to bring you the two new companions on the mobile game. They have released the following press release:

ALL-NEW COMICS COMPANIONS AND LEVELS DEBUT IN DOCTOR WHO: LEGACY!

DOCTOR WHO COMICS AND DOCTOR WHO: LEGACY TEAM TO BRING NEW COMICS COMPANIONS INTO THE ACCLAIMED FREE-TO-PLAY MOBILE GAME!
When the first issues of Titan Comics' all-new ongoing comics series (Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1) are released July 23, readers will discover at last how new companions Gabriella Gonzalez and Alice Obiefune enter the Doctor’s lives!
We can now announce that these first issues will also each include an exclusive link to a code that readers can use to bring these new comics companions into their Doctor Who: Legacy games.
That’s not all – players will also be able to pit these new companions against thrilling new levels and enemies ripped from the pages of the comics – for free!
"We're very excited to be working with Titan to add the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors' newest companions to the world of Legacy," said Susan and Lee Cummings of Tiny Rebel Games. "Seeing them fight alongside other fan-favorite companions like Amy, Clara and River Song, and go up against the amazing new enemies introduced in the comics, is pretty thrilling!"
“Doctor Who fans from all over the world have already flocked to Legacy – and with good reason!” Said Doctor Who comics editor, Andrew James. “So collaborating with the Legacy team to bring our comics companions into the game was a perfect opportunity. It’s a real delight for us that Gabby and Alice can now go on new adventures with the Doctor in between issues – and we look forward to sharing more comics-driven content through Legacy in the future!”
Doctor Who: Legacy is developed by Seed Studio and Tiny Rebel Games, and is published by Tiny Rebel Games under license from BBC Worldwide. It is available now for iOS, Android, Samsung and Kindle Fire, with a Facebook release imminent. Find it now on your favorite app store, or visit tinyrebelgames.com and twitch.tv/theadiposetv for more info.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor are ongoing comics series published by Titan Comics. The first issues of both titles are released on July 23, and are available in print wherever good comic books are sold, and digitally through comiXology. Find out more at titan-comics.com, where you can also pre-order or subscribe to each series!



Sunday, 20 July 2014

Doctor Who On Robot Chicken: Doctor Who Meets The Nerd


Last week's new episode of Robot Chicken featured a segment on Doctor Who. Watch it in the player below:

Barrowman on Capaldi Haters; Jack Not Returning

John Barrowman was recently interviewed by MAGIC Radio and among the questions about his career and personal life, he was asked about Doctor Who and Torchwood.

When asked if he might be back on Who, he replied:
"I have no idea. I don't know, but I know the producers of Arrow are big fans of Doctor Who and Torchwood and Captain Jack. I love Captain Jack. He changed my life. He made me a household name. He put me on the map worldwide. I love Captain Jack. If I'm asked to play Jack ever again, I would do it at a drop of a hat, but I haven't been asked so I can't really forecast into the future. 
If I had a TARDIS I would jump in, go back in time, change [the producer's] minds and go forward and play him again."
When asked about Peter Capaldi, he said that he was really looking forward to seeing him in Doctor Who and when asked what he thinks Capaldi will be like, Barrowman replied:
"I don't like to make a judgement on him before I've seen him but I do know Peter as an actor because he was in Torchwood, Children of Earth. I think he will be an awesome Doctor, he's a wonderful actor. He's also Scottish so he follows in the line of David, myself and other Scots who have been involved in the Whovian world. So I think he'll be really good. 
And for those critics who sit behind keyboards and go 'ne-ne-ne', 'he's not gonna be this': Shut up because you'll watch the show anyway and you'll go on the journey like we all do. You'll get in the TARDIS and you'll go on the journeys that the Doctor takes you on, no matter who he's played by. 
 
Listen to the interview here.

Doctor Who 'Deep Breath' Air Time Confirmed for Canada's SPACE


SPACE, the Canadian broadcaster, have confirmed that Deep Breath will premiere at 8pm ET, matching BBC America's air time. This joins Germany's Fox's 9pm CEST as all the confirmed air times. BBC will announce the UK air time around Wednesday 13th, if not sooner.

BBC Entertainment's Facebook pages are also implying a same day transmission.

Titan Comics Reveal Comics Day and Details for Comic Con, incl. Cosplay Contest

Titan Comics have released the following press releases regarding the upcoming Doctor Who comics and various activities related to them:

Comics Day

This July 23 sees the release of two brand-new Doctor Who ongoing comic series - Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor. 
To celebrate Titan Comics is pleased to announce Saturday July 26 will be DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY with signings, events and promotions happening in stores and shows around the world! 
These two hotly anticipated new series is already set to be the biggest Doctor Who comics launch in recent times, and now Titan Comics wants to bring Doctor Who fans and comic readers together for a fun day to celebrate. 
As well as being the first to read these exciting two new series, DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY will give fans the chance to celebrate everything Doctor Who with signings, events, special variant covers, promotions and fun activity. See below for a full list of participating stores. 
Each comic store celebrating DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY has be sent three posters - a DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY poster and two special ‘instant Doctor Who comics cosplay interactive posters’ featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors to encourage fans to take part in a fun Twitter photo campaign. 
Join in the global fun by tweeting photos of yourself 'wearing' the insta-cosplay posters, to @ComicsTitan and tagging them #doctorwhocomics. The best photo chosen by our Doctor Who comics editor, Andrew James, will win a very special goody bag featuring Doctor Who merchandise including an exclusive SDCC toy and signed items! 
Plus, look out in comic stores on DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY for the latest edition of Titan Comics’ 2014 Preview - a FREE 32-page sampler showcasing the new comics line, including the new Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor ongoing series, featuring the Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi!

Companion Cosplay Contest

 Titan Comics are looking for fans to cosplay as Gabriella Gonzalez and
Alice Obiefune - the new companions from the two brand-new Doctor Who ongoing comic series - Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor.
The best photo chosen by our Doctor Who comics editor, Andrew James
will be turned into a variant cover!

To enter just tweet your cosplay photos on July 26 to @ComicsTitan and tag them #doctorwhocomics.
Click here for outfit ideas on Gabriella Gonzalez
Click here for outfit ideas on Alice Obiefune

 Comic Con Covers, Singings and Events

Look out for three special variant covers of Doctor Who: The Tenth #1 and The Eleventh Doctor #1 by Titan Comics (booth #5537), the BBC Shop (booth #4129) and Diamond (booth #2401).
ComicKaze Cover
BBC Shop Cover
Diamond Variant
Titan Comics Cover

 
SIGNINGS & EVENTS
 
FRIDAY JULY 25
 
SIGNING: Writer NICK ABADZIS, artist ELENA CASAGRANDE and cover artist ALICE X. ZHANG signing copies of Doctor Who: The Tenth #1 and The Eleventh Doctor #1
Location: Titan Booth #5537
Day: Friday July 25
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
 
SATURDAY JULY 26 – DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY
 
SIGNING: Artist DES TAYLOR signing copies of Forbidden Planet store variants of Doctor Who: The Tenth #1 and The Eleventh Doctor #1.
Location: Titan Booth #5537
Day: Saturday July 26
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
 
EVENT: DOCTOR WHO COMICS PANEL
As part of the Doctor Who Comics Day celebrations on Saturday July 26, writer Nick Abadzis, artist Elena Casagrande, cover artist Alice X. Zhang and Doctor Who comics editor, Andrew James reveal exclusive secrets from the upcoming Tenth and Eleventh Doctor storylines and show never-before-seen art and concept designs! Plus, get your first look at interior art from the upcoming Twelfth Doctor ongoing series!
Plus, attendees will get to watch an exclusive video surprise! You’ll have to come to the panel to find out more!
Every person who attends the panel will receive a special Doctor Who Comics DAY pack and the chance to win cool Doctor Who merchandise, including exclusive SDCC items!
 
Location: Room 23ABC
Day: Saturday July 26
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
 
SIGNING: Writer NICK ABADZIS, artist ELENA CASAGRANDE and cover artist ALICE X. ZHANG signing copies of Doctor Who: The Tenth #1 and The Eleventh Doctor #1
Location: Titan Booth #5537
Day: Saturday July 26
Time: 4:30PM – 5:30PM
 
OFFSITE EVENT: MEET THE DOCTOR WHO COMICS CREATORS!
Join writer NICK ABADZIS, artist ELENA CASAGRANDE, cover artist ALICE X. ZHANG and Doctor Who comics editor, ANDREW JAMES for a Doctor Who signing + fun Doctor Who quiz!
 
Come dressed as your favorite Doctor Who characters for a chance to win exclusive SDCC Doctor Who merchandise! Plus, look out for a special Comickaze store variant cover of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1.
Location: Comickaze comic store, 5517 AB Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117. 858-278-0371
Day: Saturday July 26
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Series 8 World Tour: An Audience with Capaldi and Coleman, Seoul Details Released

BBC Worldwide have released the following press releases for the World Tour.

An Audience with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

Hosted by Adam Spencer
Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and his onscreen companion Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) will be live on stage at the State Theatre, Sydney for a one-time-only fan event on Tuesday 12 August. 

Following on from last year's smash-hit 50th anniversary celebrations for Doctor Who, BBC Worldwide is thrilled to be bringing the stars of the show to Australia as part of a major global tour to launch the latest series and introduce fans to the new Doctor. 

Join the stars for an exclusive Q&A hosted by long-time Doctor Who fan, Adam Spencer, and be the first in Australia to see Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor with a special screening of the feature-length premiere episode of the new series.   Fans will also be given the opportunity to put some of their own questions to the stars.

Doctor Who: The World Tour will see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman circumnavigate the globe, visiting seven cities across five continents in 12 days. The tour will kick off in Cardiff, Wales on August 7, before heading to London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and finishing in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on August 19.

Says Helen Pendlebury, Head of Live Entertainment, BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand: ‘Australia has some of the most passionate Doctor Who fans in the world and we are delighted to offer them access to the Twelfth Doctor and his companion when they visit Sydney as part of Doctor Who: The World Tour.’

Sign-up to www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour for pre-sale information.

Tickets will be available for general sale through Ticketmaster from 11.00am on Monday 21 July.

Seoul

Seoul is the first city for the world tour with main actor and actress from Doctor Who on 9th of August.
BBC Worldwide today announced that the very first Doctor Who Global Publicity Tour will land in Seoul on Saturday, August the 9th. Korea is the first stop in the major global publicity tour to launch the new series of Doctor Who and introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor.

The twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi and the Doctor’s on-screen companion, played by Jenna Coleman will land in Korea on 9 August and will spend the day with Korean fans and media.

The fan event will take place at IFC mall on the 9th and will start with a special fan screening of the new season's first episode. After the screening, Peter and Jenna will meet with Korean Doctor Who fans. The fan meeting will take place at 5.00pm at the atrium of the mall and is open to all.

To celebrate the Korea stop of Doctor Who: The World Tour, there will be competitions where fans can win tickets to the screenings that will take place in multiple cinemas. More information about these competitions will be released later this week. Fans can follow doctorwho_kor on twitter for details.

Peter Capaldi has commented on his excitement ahead of the tour: “It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After 8 months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans”. 

Doctor Who: The World Tour will begin in the UK on August 7th and finish in Brazil on August 19th. It will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, visit 7 cities across 5 continents in 12 days to take part in a series of media and fan engagements to publicise the show’s forthcoming Series 8 to a global audience. The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will kick off in Cardiff, Wales before taking in London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Fans can get more details of the global itinerary at www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour as well as reports from the tour as it happens, which fans everywhere will be able to enjoy across social and digital platforms.  In Korea, fans will be able to follow on activities on twitter on doctorwho_kor.

BBC Worldwide Updates on Doctor Who Leaks & Thanks Fans

BBC Worldwide have released the following update press release regarding the recent script and video leaks:

We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks. 
The mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site. 
While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging, so far the impact has been contained to a limited amount of this material through a combination of fans efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity. 
We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme. 
BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident. 
Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC, and of course the fans who expect so much better. 

So far, only the first five episodes' scripts have leaked, while only the first episode's workprint have leaked. While episode two is listed, it is currently incomplete, with only the first few frames recoverable.

"Deep Breath" Screening at BFI in London: World Tour

The BFI have announced details for the London leg of the series 8 world tour, by BBC Worldwide, with details of the premiere's showing:
Ahead of our major season ’Sci Fi – Days of Fear and Wonder’ commencing in October, the BFI is proud to present the feature-length premiere episode of the new series of Doctor Who entitled Deep Breath. Written by Steven Moffat and produced by Nikki Wilson, this will see Peter Capaldi launch as the 12th Doctor, one of TV’s most iconic roles, alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara. 
Tickets £16, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £1.50 less) 
Tickets to this event will be balloted and you can apply for up to two tickets online at any time before 20:30 on Sunday 20 July. At that point tickets will be allocated to applicants at random to ensure the fairest allocation possible. All applicants will be informed if they’ve been successful by Thursday 24 July 
• BFI Champion and Cinema Members ballot  
• Non-Members ballot 
Any unclaimed ballot tickets will go on general sale at 11.30 AM on Monday 28 July.